Syn.: Aster multiradiatus (Aiton) Kuntze, Solidago virgaurea var. multiradiata (Aiton) Torr. et A. Gray
Family: Asteraceae Bercht. et J. Presl

Solidago multiradiata

Distribution: North American species found from Alaska, across whole Canada and western part of US from Montana to New Mexico westward. Also in the state of Maine.

Ecology: Moist to dry, open sites, tundra-like habitats and alpine slopes and meadows. It is found from sea level to 3700 m. Blooms from July to September.

Solidago multiradiata

Description: Perennial herb, green to reddish stems, 10–50 cm tall, slightly hairy, from branched bases or short rhizomes. Leaves mainly basal, oblanceolate to spatulate, 2–10 cm long, to 3 cm wide, petiolate, margins sometimes ciliate, fringed with hairs at base; cauline leaves few, smaller, top ones sessile. Inflorescence a corymb of flowerheads, flowerheads yellow, 7–10 mm across, 12–18 ray florets and 10–35 disc florets; involucral bracts lanceolate, 5 mm long. Fruits several-ribbed, round achene, pappus white, hair-like bristles.

Threat and protection: Listed as threatened in the state of Maine.

Note: Native tribes used this plant to brew tea to relieve intestinal gas and cramps which was confirmed by pharmacologists.

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These images were taken in Canada, Alberta, Ha Ling Peak (by Karel Bergmann Junior: August 2014).